Kiambu Governor Kimani Wamatangi has cautioned corrupt county employees who have been siphoning county revenue that they will not only lose their jobs but will also be dealt with ruthlessly.
He said his administration will not tolerate corruption that has been prevalent in previous regimes, so as to be able to deliver pre-election pledges that he committed to the Kiambu people.
Wamatangi said in the recent past, there have been cases of corrupt county revenue officers who have been diverting county monies to their private investments saying such people will not be tolerated.
He said his leadership will be solely about prudent utilization of county funds citing the previous leadership that have left him with close to Sh6 billion pending bills to repay.
“We have to consolidate all the county funds and ensure their proper utilization, through fighting corruption and ensuring transparency in spending. Any county employee who will be found doing corrupt deals will not only face the sack, but also will find themselves behind bars,” said Wamatangi.
He was addressing county government staff from Thika, Juja, Ruiru, Gatundu North and Gatundu South Sub County at the Thika county offices yesterday.On maximising employees output, the governor said he will introduce the clock-in clock-out device to ensure workers deliver on their mandate.
He said they have information that some employees rarely report to work despite drawing huge salaries, warning that that trend will end.
Wamatangi at the same time defied all odds and announced that he will retain most of the county staff including the County Executive Committee members who were working with his predecessor Dr James Nyoro in his government.
“As you can see, I have retained all the ministers in the previous administration even if people expected that I would come with a new team. I have no interest in firing people,” Wamatangi said.
This is contrary to the norm where most incoming governors have been bringing on board their own persons especially in key administrative areas.
He at the same time ordered a head count of all county workers with a view to weed out any ghost employees.
The governor promised to have consultative sessions with workers’ representatives so as to come up with better terms of service including higher pay for all the employees.